Perameles fasciata Gray, 1841

Eastern striped bandicoot, Eastern barred-bandicoot, Striped-backed bandicoot, New South Wales striped bandicoot, Western barred bandicoot (Travouillon & Burbidge, 2023:184), Banded perameles (Krefft, 1864:34,1866:15), Striped bandicoot (Krefft, 1864:34; Brazenor, 1950:32 [contra p. 104 (Eastern striped bandicoot)]); Banded bandicoot (Gray, 1843:95; Travouillon & Burbidge, 2023:184), thill (Murray-Darling aboriginal name) (Krefft, 1866:15), moncat (Murray-Darling aboriginal name) (Krefft, 1866:15)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Perameles bougainville fasciatus Gray, 1841; Perameles bougainville fasciata Gray, 1841; Perameles bougainvilii fasciata Gray, 1841; Perameles sobbei Price, 2002


Please note that the indigenous names for this species are wrong and need to be re-assigned to a different taxon following the elevation (from P. b. fasciata) and restriction of P. fasciata to the Liverpool Plains of New South Wales. Perameles sobbei was synonymised with P. fasciata by (Travouillon, 2023).


Conservation Status


Last record: 1846 (Travouillon & Burbidge, 2023)



New South Wales [Liverpool Plains (historically); Wellington Caves (prehistorically)] & Queensland (prehistorically), Australia

Type locality: "Liverpool Plains, N.S.W." (Mahoney & Ride, 1988:40) 


Biology & Ecology




Recent specimens

Lectotype: BMNH / NHMUK 1841.1178 (designated by Thomas, 1922:128) (skin and partial skull and dentaries; subadult female) (Mahoney & Ride, 1988:40)


Other specimen/s:

BMNH / NHMUK 1847.8.12.14 (skin and skull; adult male)


Palaeontological specimens

An extensive list of material is given by (Travouillon, 2023).






Original scientific description:

Gray, J. E. (1841). Contributions towards the geographical distribution of the Mammalia of Australia, with notes on some recently discovered species, in a letter addressed to the Author. Appendix C. In: Grey, G. (Ed.), Journals of Two Expeditions of Discovery in North-west and Western Australia, During the Years 1837, 38 and 39, Under the Authority of Her Majesty’s Government. Describing many newly discovered, important, and fertile districts, with observations on the moral and physical condition of the aboriginal inhabitants, &c., &c. T. & W. Boone, London, pp. 397-414.


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Anonymous. (1842). Australian mammalia. Tasmanian Journal of Natural Science, Agriculture, Statistics, &c. 1(4): 382-385.

Anonymous. (1866). Australian natural history. Illustrated Sydney News, Monday, 16 April, p. 14.

Anonymous. (1964). A preliminary list of rare mammals including those believed to be rare but concerning which detailed information is still lacking. IUCN Bulletin 11(Special Supplement): 4 pp.

Bartholomai, Alan. (1977). The fossil vertebrate fauna from Pleistocene deposits at Cement Mills, Gore, Southeastern Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 18(1): 41-51. [reported as P. nasuta; re-identified as P. fasciata by (Travouillon, 2023)]

Bennett, Andrew F., Lumsden, Linda F. and Menkhorst, Peter W. (2006). Mammals of the Mallee Region, Victoria: past, present and future. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 118(2): 259-280.

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